Which Phillies relievers will lead the pack for roster spot?

Hunter Doyle
Brandon Kintzler #19 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Brandon Kintzler #19 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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Spring training is coming to a close, which means the regular season is right around the corner. The Philadelphia Phillies have just nine games remaining in March before games start to count on April 1. The bullpen is easily the group on the roster to watch.

Had the Phillies bullpen been just a little bit better in recent years, they probably would’ve ended their postseason drought already. Yet, here we are a few September collapses later.

Which Phillies relievers will secure a spot in the 2021 bullpen?

The blame doesn’t entirely fall on the bullpen in recent years, but last year it was evident that they were mostly to blame. With a few new additions, the Phillies hope that it won’t be as much of a problem in 2021. They could’ve done a bit more to ensure that it wouldn’t be an issue, but for now, this is the group they are rolling with.

While spring training should not be weighed too heavily, some of the Phillies relievers are making strong cases for roster spots. The Phillies will soon have to make some difficult decisions. The big question will be if any of these relievers can perform in the regular season, or if they just end up being the same as all of the other bullpen additions in recent years — non-factors.

We recently released our projected 26-man Opening Day roster, but figured that it would be best to take an in-depth look at the bullpen alone. With that said, let’s look at who is currently leading the race for roster spots.